Passive SAR Satellite System (PASSAT): ground trials

George M. Atkinson, Alp Sayin, Mikhail Cherniakov, Michael Antoniou, Andy Stove, Craig I. Underwood

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Citations (Scopus)


This paper presents progress made on the investigation of a passive Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) using digital terrestrial television broadcasting stations (DVB- T) as illuminators of opportunity, and micro-/nano-satellite receivers on Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The paper presents initial calculations on satellite payload requirements, describes the development of a passive SAR demonstrator to explore potential PASSAT image features, and describes an experimental campaign with a ground-moving vehicle to verify its functionality. The obtained SAR images are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 International Conference on Radar, RADAR 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-7217-4, 978-1-5386-7216-7 (USB)
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-7218-1 (PoD)
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2018
Event2018 International Conference on Radar, RADAR 2018 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 27 Aug 201831 Aug 2018


Conference2018 International Conference on Radar, RADAR 2018


  • DVB-T
  • Low earth orbit satellites
  • Passive Radar
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation


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